One month
Paid by host 

No stipend available. 

Paid by artist 

Application fee of $35. Artists are responsible for their own travel and travel expenses. Fort Union is very isolated and you need to be inspired by places you can only get with a car or truck.

Application guidelines 

The prospective candidate must present a cohesive body of work, a complete application including their resume, biography and proposal of their residency project and how it reflects and may be inspired park resources. All candidates must have merit and/or experience in at least one of the following areas: two dimensional artwork, sculpture, music, linguistics, writing, performance art, film, and/or ethnographic fine art, or any other appropriate artist medium.


Fort Union National Monument Artist-in-Residence

Fort Union National Monument Artist-in-Residence


Fort Union National Monument, located in Mora County near Watrous, NM, was the hub of commerce, national defense, and migration at the final stretch of the Santa Fe Trail. The richly evocative ruins of a post-civil war era adobe fort, it became a National Monument in 1954 under the Eisenhower administration. Once a year, an artist or artists will be selected to work in Fort Union National Monument for a one month term in October 2015. All artists are encouraged to apply, as the Fort Union National Monument Artist in Residence program is designed for all artists to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape and history of Fort Union National Monument.


Artists may present, at minimum, one 1-hour public program, workshop, concert or lecture during their residency at Fort Union National Monument. This can be presented either the monument or another venue as deemed by NPAF and NPS. Artists must provide their own supplies and equipment for these presentations. We also encourage artists to give more public presentations at the monument and in their own community about their residency experience in Fort Union National Monument, to further broaden the reach of the program’s purpose and the goals of the NPS and NPS Centennial Objectives. A venue for a workshop or public lecture about the artwork or process. If the Artist is interested in additional public interaction or performance, they may propose their ideas in the application. The participating artists may donate an original piece of work inspired by their residency in Fort Union National Monument to the NPS at the monument, through the NPAF.

Accommodation Information 

On-site residence in the monument.

Studio Information 

There is no studio available. 

PO Box 127
Watrous, NM 87753
United States

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